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Verona Court Clerk: Cirilo DWI Trial Postponed Again

West Orange council president's Wednesday trial reset for Jan. 16 at 5 p.m., according to Municipal Court Administrator Jean DePoe.


West Orange Council President Victor Cirilo’s trial on drunken driving charges in Verona Wednesday was postponed until Wednesday, Jan. 16, according to court officials.

Cirilo is charged with driving while intoxicated following a Nov. 9, 2012 police stop after he made a turn from Bloomfield Avenue onto Mount Prospect Avenue (Route 23) just after midnight, Verona Police Chief Douglas Huber said at the time.

Verona Municipal Court Administrator Jean DePoe said the postponement was granted at Cirilo’s lawyer’s request.

At the time of his arrest, Cirilo was administered a field sobriety test, Huber said, but he refused to take a blood alcohol test.

Cirilo also faces careless driving and failure to keep right charges. He was originally scheduled to appear in Verona Municipal Court on Wednesday, Nov. 21, but that date was also postponed.

Cirilo apologized for the arrest in a letter to the editor immediately after his November arrest, saying he intends to fight the charges and asking residents to not make a rush to judgment.

West Orange officials refused comment on the arrest at the time, according to a statement released by township public information officer Jessica Glicker.

Cirilo, who won his first council term in 2010, was elected in the township’s non-partisan elections. His current term expires in 2014.

He is employed as the executive director of the housing authority of the city of Passaic and has served West Orange as a board member of the Downtown West Orange Alliance and the John Renna House, as well as serving stints on the West Orange Public Library Board and the West Orange Valley Revitalization Committee.

Cirilo also served as the field director for Sen. Robert Menendez’s suburban Essex County campaign operation and as chief of staff for state Assemb. John McKeon.

Kate Farrell January 02, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Why is this breaking news?
Gunny January 02, 2013 at 09:35 PM
I guess he's supposed to know better. Stuff happens. I'm sure the embarrassment alone has been punishment enough.
wohopeful January 03, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Would certainly like to hear from Mr. Cirilo or his attorney regarding the request for the delay. Hope that there is a plausible reason and not sandbagging going on in hopes this will be swept under the rug.
M January 08, 2013 at 09:41 PM
1.Why Breaking News? People are interested to know what the reason is for his erratic driving & he was charged with driving while intoxicated. Was he intoxicated or sick or what? Why is the court daTe being postponed? It feels like this is an evasive situation. 2. He is supposed to know better. He is a local government representaive and as such should conduct himself in the proper and lawful manner. I know that driving while intoxicated is illegal & could lead to and is leading to a bad situation. Why are some people so easy to act as if it is a nothing charge against him and a nothing offense? wohopeful, i'm with you...I'd like to know.
M January 08, 2013 at 09:47 PM
He was arrested! Charged with driving while intoxicated and careless driving, etc.. I don't think "embarrassment" should cover the fine/punishment!
Michelle Cadeau January 31, 2013 at 01:19 PM
He was not charged. That happens after one has been in court. What happened to the great 'innocent unil proven guilty' At this point we only have one side of the story.
Raymond Helfrich January 31, 2013 at 03:36 PM
So, was there a trial on 1/16?
Raymond Helfrich January 31, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Oh wait: "Exasperated Judge Postpones Cirilo Trial Until Feb. 6" http://westorange.patch.com/articles/cirilo-trial-postponed-until-feb-6

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